So we ran out of bread today and I didn't want to make a special trip to the store so I made some of my mom's White Flour French Bread. She got the recipe from someone in her ward when she first moved the United States. It has been a favorite in our family so I thought I'd share this yummy and really easy recipe. One of the best parts is how good it makes your house smell.
2 Tbs. Yeast
1/2 c. warm water
2 c. hot water
1 Tbs. salt
6 c. flour
3 Tbs. sugar
5 Tbs. oil
Dissolve yeast in warm water. Combine hot water, sugar, salt, oil, and half of the flour. Beat well with wooden spoon. Stir in dissolved yeast. Add remaining flour. Mix well. Cover and set for one hour, stirring every ten minutes.
Knead dough lightly on a floured board, coating with flour. Make dough into 2 loaves. Gash tops with knife diagonally. Brush with egg white* and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let rise 30 min. and bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
*Instead of the egg whites (which gets really shiny), I like to brush it with an egg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 Tbs. water). If you don't have a pastry brush, it also works really well to brush the egg on with a bunched up paper towel. You can make this bread in any shape you want. As you can see in my picture, I made one loaf of bread and experimented with 4 bread bowls and another round loaf. Enjoy!